New research suggests that drinking two to three cups of coffee per day may be associated with a longer lifespan.
Compared to not drinking coffee, coffee consumption was also associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, according to the study.
The findings were applicable to ground, instant, and decaffeinated varieties of the beverage, and the researchers concluded that coffee consumption should be considered an integral part of a healthy lifestyle.
Two to three cups per day were associated with the greatest risk reduction, as determined by the study.
This was associated with a 14%, 27%, and 11% lower risk of death for decaffeinated, ground, and instant coffee preparations, respectively, compared to not drinking coffee.
Professor Peter Kistler of the Baker Heart and Diabetes Research Institute in Australia, who authored the study, stated: “In this large observational study, ground, instant, and decaffeinated coffee were associated with equivalent reductions in cardiovascular disease incidence and death from cardiovascular disease or any cause.
“The findings suggest that a light to moderate consumption of ground, instant, and decaffeinated coffee should be regarded as part of a healthy lifestyle.”
Using data from the UK Biobank study, which recruited adults between the ages of 40 and 69, this study examined the links between coffee types and heart rhythms, cardiovascular disease, and mortality.
The components of cardiovascular disease were coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, and ischaemic stroke.
Professor Kistler stated: “The most well-known component of coffee is caffeine, but the beverage contains over 100 biologically active compounds.